The Institute for Animals in Philosophy and Science and the Dolphin Communication Project are organizing the Apes and Dolphins Seminar Series this year in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Join Esteban Rivas and dolphin cognition researcher Justin Gregg for this three part seminar series exploring the scientific and ethical issues surrounding the study of language and intelligence in apes and dolphins.
We are pleased to announce the date of the second seminar in the Apes and Dolphins Seminar Series: On Saturday October 26 the seminar about intelligence research with great apes and dolphins will be held at the Free University in Amsterdam. It’s title is Our cognitive cousins: The intelligence of apes and dolphins. Join me and dolphin expert Justin Gregg for a day-long seminar highlighting the amazing scientific discoveries involving the intelligence of apes and dolphins. The seminar will feature lectures covering the study of ape and dolphin cognition, and what scientists have learned about the way these animals use complex thinking to solve problems both in the lab and in the wild. Despite being distantly related on an evolutionary scale, apes and dolphins have evolved similarly complex social systems, abilities to use artificial communication systems, and capacities for self-awareness. This seminar will discuss the current state of the science on ape and dolphin cognition, and compare the nature of their intelligence to that of humans and other animals. Topics will include social cognition, self-awareness, consciousness, problem solving, tool use, social learning and culture, categorization, emotional intelligence, empathy, altruism, theory of mind, comprehension of human communicative signals, etc. The third speaker at the seminar will be dolphin researcher Hilco Jansma, who will present his experiments on self-investigative behaviour with mirrors by dolphins. There will of course be plenty of time for healthy discussions (and debates) throughout the day. This seminar is the second seminar in the Apes and Dolphins Seminar series, a three part seminar series exploring the scientific and ethical issues surrounding the study of language and intelligence in apes and dolphin. The final seminar, focusing on ethics, will take place later in the year. Registration costs 50 Euro (30 Euro for students with student ID), and includes lunch, coffee/tea, as well as a goodie-bag . The seminar will take place at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in room HG 2A06. This is located in the Hoofdgebouw (HG), on the second floor of section A, room #6. Information (in English) on getting to the Vrije Universiteit can be found at this link. A PDF map of the campus can be found at this link – note that the Hoofdgebouw on this map is called “main building” in English, and is located at De Boelelaan 1105. To register for the seminar or for more information, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the below form: